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Lewis Howard Latimer, patented a method for making carbon filaments, allowing light bulbs to burn for hours instead of minutes. Latimer also drafted drawings that helped Alexander Graham Bell receive a patent for the telephone. Black History Month, Black History Facts, Alexander Graham Bell, Office Boy, African American Inventors, Kings & Queens, Famous African Americans, Philadelphia, African History

Famous Black Inventors

Black inventors like George Washington Carver, Madam C.J. Walker, Lonnie G. Johnson, Garrett Morgan and Patricia Bath are among history's most revered geniuses.

(she shares my birthday - 30 Nov!) Delta Sigma Theta Soror Shirley Chisholm - "Unbought and Unbossed" Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress, a 1972 candidate for president, and a life long advocate for women's and civil rights. Black History Facts, Black History Month, Kings & Queens, Shirley Chisholm, African American Women, African Americans, African Diaspora, My Black Is Beautiful, Portraits

Shirley Chisholm: Visionary Videos: NVLP: African American History

Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005) "Unbought and Unbossed" Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress, a 1972 candidate for president, and a life long advocate for women's and civil rights.

Today is Bert Williams’ birthday. George Walker and Bert Williams are important figures not only in show business history, but American cultural history, as well. Williams, the more gifted an… Black History Facts, Black History Month, Famous Black, African Diaspora, My Black Is Beautiful, Before Us, African American History, Man Humor, Black People

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His prescription for musical ignorance was a cocktail of Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williams Blind Willie Johnson and Howlin' Wolf. (Howlin Wolf by Jim Marshall) Rhythm And Blues, Jazz Blues, Blues Music, Blues Artists, Music Artists, Instrumental, Delta Blues, Jim Marshall, Afro

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Howlin' Wolf Born Chester Burnett, Howlin' Wolf, was a Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. He was born in West Point, MS.

Jack Johnson, the black heavyweight champion, whose reign lasted from 1908 to was also the first African American pop culture icon. Black History Facts, Black History Month, African American Culture, Black Pride, African American History, Native American, My Black Is Beautiful, Before Us, Black People

Rebel of the Progressive Era | Ken Burns | Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson | Ken Burns | PBS

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When Rosa Lee Ingram and her two sons received the death penalty in 1948 for murdering a white landowner in rural Georgia, civil rights activists from across the nation rushed to her defense. Black History Facts, Black History Month, Kings & Queens, By Any Means Necessary, Civil Rights Activists, Jim Crow, Anthropologie, African Diaspora, Before Us

Black Then

#Rosa Lee Ingram was working on land she sharecropped near the small town of Ellaville, Georgia, on November 4, 1947. A white neighbor, John Stratford confronted her angrily about some livestock that had roamed onto his property. It was told that Strafford attempted to sexually assault his neighbor Rosa Lee Ingram. As Rosa Lee Ingram fought ...

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Vivien Thomas, African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the Thomas was also offered the position of Chief of Surgery at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins in Black History Month, Black History Facts, Strange History, We Are The World, In This World, Photo Star, By Any Means Necessary, Oldschool, Medical History

Vivien Thomas, African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. Thomas was also offered the position of Chief of Surgery at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins in 1941.

 James E. West Electret Microphone Inventor Ninety percent of microphones used today are based on the ingenuity of James Edward West, an African-American inventor born in 1931 in Prince Edwards County, VA. If you’ve ever talked on the telephone, Black History Facts, Black History Month, African American Inventors, By Any Means Necessary, African Diaspora, My Black Is Beautiful, Before Us, African American History, Black Power

Dr. James E. West: Electret Microphone Inventor

Ninety percent of microphones used today are based on the ingenuity of Dr. James E. West, an African-American inventor who developed the mic in the 1960s.

Happy Birthday: Mike Tyson June - Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson also known as Malik Abdul Aziz is a retired American professional boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the. Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxe Mma, Combat Boxe, Boxing Champions, Mma Boxing, Sport Icon, Fitness Motivation, Sports Figures

Mike Tyson February 25, 1989 Boxer Mike Tyson becomes the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by defeating challenger Frank Bruno of England.

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Black Kudos — David Ruffin Davis Eli “David” Ruffin (January 18,...

David RuffinDavis Eli “David” Ruffin (January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations (1964–68) during...